Car Care Tips

Mercury Rising (Hot Weather Vehicle Concerns)

Tuesday 24th of May 2022
The heat is on, and your vehicle takes a beating when it is.  Several of your vehicle's systems are under extra stress in hot weather, so here are a few to make sure are getting the care and maintenanc

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The Cable Guy (Battery Cables and Maintenance)

Tuesday 17th of May 2022
If you've ever noticed your vehicle's lights are dim or not working at all, the problem could be many things.  But one possibility is your battery cables aren't doing their job.  A power outage in your vehicle is similar to one in your house and nee

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What's in a Number? (What Tire Numbers Mean)

Tuesday 10th of May 2022
You've probably never paid much attention to the writing on the sides of your tires, but they contain a wealth of information.  There's a long combination of letters and numbers that can tell you a whole lot about what tires your vehicle was designed to be riding on.

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Differential Service at Lube Town: Viva la Difference

Monday 2nd of May 2022
  Every vehicle on Okotoks roads has a differential, and it is important to the proper operation of the vehicle.  But most Alberta residents don't have a clue what it is.The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you tur

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How to Radiate Cool (Radiator Care)

Tuesday 19th of April 2022
There's nothing that radiates cool like a vehicle radiator that's helping to keep your engine running at the proper temperature.  You don't have to baby it, but you can't simply ignore it, either.  Let's take a quick dive under the hood to let you know what the radiat

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Hey Alberta Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

Monday 11th of April 2022
Nowadays, Alberta drivers are paying more at gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reaso

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Don't Do It Yourself (Perils of DIY Vehicle Repair)

Monday 4th of April 2022
Your vehicle is a complicated machine, and yes, it would be nice if you could take care of all of its problems yourself.  There was a time when vehicles were simpler and it wasn't too hard for a weekend mechanic to replace brakes, adjust a carburetor or perform

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Drivers that "T" Us Off (Bad Driving Practices)

Monday 28th of March 2022
e road a much less friendly place.  They really "T" us off.  These are the bad

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A New Battery in Alberta

Monday 21st of March 2022
  Hello Alberta drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Alberta

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Fall and Spring Inspection at Lube Town

Monday 21st of March 2022
Good vehicle care for us Alberta residents has always meant taking our vehicles in every spring and fall for a check-up. Vehicles needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal change

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The Part You've Never Seen (Flat Tires and Solutions)

Tuesday 8th of March 2022
They say your vehicle has one, but you've never seen it.  And you might not even know it if you stumbled on it accidentally. We're talking about the jack, that tool that allows you to lift one corn

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Let Lube Town Help You Extend the Life of Your Car

Tuesday 1st of March 2022
If you haven't shopped in the Alberta area for a new vehicle recently, you're likely to experience some sticker shock. It seems everything is costing more these days. And when you consider the price of auto financing in Alberta, and insurance, the idea of han

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The Vivacious Vernal Vehicle (Preparing Vehicle for Spring)

Tuesday 22nd of February 2022
Most of us look forward to spring because the days are longer, the weather's warmer and we can finally get our vehicles into warm weather mode.  Here are a few things that will breathe fresh energy into anyone's car, SUV, truck or van. Don't forget to replace your windshield wipers.

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Prepare Your Windshield for Winter (Wiper Blades and Fluid for Freezing Temperatures)

Wednesday 16th of February 2022
Winter and freezing temperatures present challenges for different parts of your vehicles.  For example, winter tires give you better traction on snow.  But some parts of your vehicle that may need special attention for winter are

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Steer Clear of Power Steering Problems (Power Steering Maintenance)

Monday 7th of February 2022
We usually take our vehicle's easy steering for granted until something goes wrong.  Power steering is what makes it almost effortless to turn the steering wheel, aiming your vehicle in the direction you want to go. Without

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Lube Town Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Tuesday 1st of February 2022
  Our service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Alberta drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services th

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Tire Tread Depth for Alberta, Okotoks Drivers

Monday 24th of January 2022
  Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.Consumer Reports recommends tire replacement when tread reaches 4/32 i

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Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

Tuesday 18th of January 2022
If you've ever been driving around Alberta and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distract

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Your Vehicle is Talking to YOU (Service Warning Signs)

Monday 10th of January 2022
Your vehicle may be like that famous battery bunny, the one that just keeps going and going.  But while it may seem sometimes like you never need to take your vehicle in to be worked on, there are some things you should keep your eye

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Looking Down the Road - Headlamps

Monday 3rd of January 2022
If you've ever been driving around Alberta and had a headlamp go out, you've probably just wanted to replace the bad bulb. If your car uses halogen headlamps, they dim over time. So if you just put in one, they won't have the same brightness, which can be distract

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What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

Monday 3rd of January 2022
  With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Alberta, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Alberta drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of Alberta

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No Strain, No Gain (The Basics of Oil Filters)

Monday 27th of December 2021
Ever wonder what one of the best things is to ever happen to your vehicle's engine?  It's the little thing that usually looks like a can, the oil filter. Just like your kitchen sink strainer filters out errant particles of food from clogging your drain, the oil filter cleans out small particles

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Improve Your Night Vision When Driving in Alberta

Monday 13th of December 2021
Night driving in Alberta is not as safe as daylight driving as evidenced by the increased accident rate at night. Much of that is simply because it's dark outside.Visibility is important to safe driving. Ninety percent of our driving decisions are based o

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Fuel Injection Keeps Getting Better for Alberta Motorists

Wednesday 8th of December 2021
Alberta residents know that engines burn fuel to operate. Fuel is pumped from your fuel tank to your engine where it is squirted—or injected—into your engine's cylinders. This is the function of

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Recommended Alberta Service Intervals

Monday 29th of November 2021
Everyone in Alberta, knows we are advised to go to our dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious Alberta residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen

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Lube Town Service Tip: Why Synthetic Oil Is Good For Your Vehicles

Monday 22nd of November 2021
  Hello Okotoks & Calgary! Today's vehicle care topic is: Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Based Oil. Synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil. If you aren't currently using it, why not? Synthetic moto

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Stay Safe in Alberta by Putting Your Cell Phone on ICE

Monday 15th of November 2021
se scenario, those people are unconscious and unable to communicate with rescue workers. Rescue workers and Alberta police are

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Fuel Injector Cleaning at Lube Town

Monday 8th of November 2021
  In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your vehicle engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course t

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Vive la Differential at Lube Town in Alberta

Monday 1st of November 2021
  There are a lot of drivers in Alberta who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before. With front-wheel drive being so common in Calgary/Okotoks these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service,

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Hey Alberta Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

Sunday 24th of October 2021
Nowadays, Alberta drivers are paying more at Okotoks gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reaso

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Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Monday 11th of October 2021
  Bad air quality while you're driving around Alberta is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks

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What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

Monday 20th of September 2021
  With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Alberta, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Alberta drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of Alberta

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Keep Your Alberta Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Monday 13th of September 2021
  Hey Alberta - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter

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The Economy of Maintenance for Alberta Drivers

Tuesday 7th of September 2021
Do I keep my old vehicle or buy a new one? It's a question most Alberta drivers ask themselves at some time or another.Generally, what it comes down to is the choice between a car payment and the possibility of repair bills. Most of the time, we want to choos

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Breathe Deep With Your Cabin Air Filter

Monday 30th of August 2021
  Bad air quality while you're driving around Alberta is nothing to sneeze at. But seriously, more and more vehicles these days come equipped with a cabin air filter. Since they're fairly new on the scene, a lot of folks

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The Maintenance Free Myth

Tuesday 24th of August 2021
  Sometimes we hear people in Alberta say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials

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I NEED All Wheel Drive (Pros and Cons of AWD)

Tuesday 17th of August 2021
So winter has arrived and you don't feel confident in how your 2-wheel drive vehicle does in the snow and ice.  You envy all those people with all-wheel-drive (AWD) and 4-wheel-drive (4WD) cars, trucks and SUVs.  You start thinking, "I need one of th

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Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Tuesday 10th of August 2021
Local Alberta roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-

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Direct Fuel Injection Update from Lube Town

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021
  For those of you in Alberta, Okotoks who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower.

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The Straight and Narrow: Power Steering Service at Lube Town

Tuesday 27th of July 2021
  Service to a vehicle's power steering system is part of preventive maintenance for  Alberta auto owners. This system provides power to the steering wheel so you can turn it with ease. Without power steering, all of the power to turn your vehicle'

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Maintenance on My Mind

Tuesday 20th of July 2021
Ask any Alberta man or woman if they've taken their vehicle in for preventive maintenance lately, and the answer may well be “no.” Surveys indicate that over 80% of vehicles on the road today are in need of some kind of repair or maintenance. Now, ask that same person

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What to Do In Case of an Accident

Tuesday 6th of July 2021
  If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Alberta, Calgary or Okotoks, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Alberta:When an accident occurs, y

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Alberta Drivers: Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Monday 28th of June 2021
Let's talk about air quality in Alberta. It's a global issue, but affects us wherever we are. Many decades ago, Alberta drivers began to become aware of how air pollution negatively

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Lube Town Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Monday 31st of May 2021
  Welcome to the Lube Town automotive blog. Today, let's talk about the effect of tire wear. Let's focus on stopping in wet Alberta conditions. In order for a tire to have good contac

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Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Lube Town?

Monday 31st of May 2021
  Today's Lube Town article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many Alberta drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in Okotoks who think that severe service schedules app

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A New Battery in Alberta

Friday 21st of May 2021
  Hello Alberta drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Alberta

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Need a New Battery? Call Lube Town Today

Monday 10th of May 2021
  Hello Alberta drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Alberta, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this pr

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Give Your Engine Clean Fuel with a New Fuel Filter from Lube Town

Thursday 29th of April 2021
Your vehicle requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your vehicle engine may not get

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Going (Lug) Nuts (Lug Nut Replacement)

Tuesday 20th of April 2021
Here's a part of your vehicle you probably don't think about much: lug nuts.  They're what fasten your wheels onto your axles.  Pretty important, right? In order to take the wheels off your vehicle to service the bra

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Lube Town Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Monday 12th of April 2021
  Lube Town service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Alberta drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services th

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Vive la Differential at Lube Town in Alberta

Sunday 28th of March 2021
  There are a lot of drivers in Alberta who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before. With front-wheel drive being so common in Okotoks these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most

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What to Do In Case of an Accident

Monday 15th of March 2021
  If you've ever been in a vehicle accident around Calgary, Okotoks, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what you should do in case of an accident in Alberta:When an accident occurs, y

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For 4x4s (Maintenance of 4x4 Vehicles)

Tuesday 9th of March 2021
Some people love 4x4 vehicles, the true 4-wheel drive works of engineering like Jeeps and 4x4 pickups that allow you to seemingly go anywhere on the planet. You can climb up a 40-degree rock trail with some planning and skill (always careful to protect the environment, of course), or you can get t

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Prepare Your Windshield for Winter (Wiper Blades and Fluid for Freezing Temperatures)

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021
Winter and freezing temperatures present challenges for different parts of your vehicles.  For example, winter tires give you better traction on snow.  But some parts of your vehicle that may need special attention for winter are

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Lube Town Advice: Don't Overlook These 6 Automotive Services

Sunday 21st of February 2021
Organization is the key to managing a busy life in Okotoks. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep Alberta residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “o

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Wired! (Battery Cable Service)

Sunday 14th of February 2021
Colder weather brings out the worst in a vehicle's battery.  On a very cold day, you may have experienced that your engine cranks slowly when starting.  But while it may be the battery itself, it may

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Don't Miss a Beat (Importance of Regular Maintenance)

Sunday 7th of February 2021
In many places, license plates have to be renewed every year or else you can't drive your vehicle legally.  Usually, you'll get a reminder from the agency that issues the plates. That kind of regular attention needs to be paid to your vehicle as w

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Gas Savings in Calgary/: Sharpen Your Pencil

Monday 1st of February 2021
  High gas prices in Alberta increase the cost of living for Alberta drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, cau

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The Easy Way to Save Cash in Alberta

Sunday 24th of January 2021
  The hottest Okotoks news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Alberta. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in Alberta can do

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Road Trip: Be Ready for Anything with a Trip Inspection at Lube Town

Sunday 17th of January 2021
  Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation faster than ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting a trip inspection a

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What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

Tuesday 29th of December 2020
  With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Calgary/, Okotoks, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Alberta drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of Alberta

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

Friday 18th of December 2020
We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "buil

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Keep It Flowing with a Fuel Filter Replacement at Lube Town

Sunday 6th of December 2020
The function of the fuel filter is pretty self-explanatory. It filters your fuel. The fuel filter is in the fuel line somewhere in between the fuel tank and the engine. Both gas and diesel vehicles aro

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It Is Time to Check Your Intervals

Monday 23rd of November 2020
  Part of the engineering that goes into designing a vehicle is testing the components to ensure that they meet durability and safety standards. Because of this, manufacturers have a good idea as to how long the parts in your vehicle will last under normal driving conditions. For this

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The Puzzling Puddle (Leaks Under Vehicle)

Sunday 15th of November 2020
water left from air conditioning condensation.  But then again, it could be a sign that there's trouble brewing in one of your vehicle's systems. You can help your service facility diagno

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Fuel System Cleaning at Lube Town for Better Performance

Sunday 15th of November 2020
Hi Alberta residents. Let's talk fuel injectors. A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle's engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel

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Fuel Filter Service in Calgary, Alberta

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020
There are a surprising number of small, inexpensive parts that can lead to expensive engine damage when they fail. It doesn't seem right.Fortunately a lot of those things can be taken care of in routine maintenance. They may not be easy to remember because

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How Does Lube Town Know What to Recommend?

Monday 26th of October 2020
lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your Calgary and Okotoks service

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Keeping Your Engine Cool in Calgary, Alberta

Monday 19th of October 2020
The cooling system keeps Alberta vehicle's engines from overheating while they are driving around Calgary. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen.The radiato

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Lube Town

Monday 12th of October 2020
A lot of motorists had older vehicles that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy the fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to

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An Oil for All Seasons (Engine Oil Selection)

Monday 12th of October 2020
eem like it makes sense, there's some good news.  Most

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Lube Town

Sunday 20th of September 2020
During uncertain times, it's a good idea to spend a little money maintaining your vehicle than fork out a tone of cash to buy a new one.   You know what you have is reliable, good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. You may enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soo

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Fears and Gears (Signs of Automatic Transmission Problems)

Sunday 20th of September 2020
rouble can be a big inconveni

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Slippery When Wet (Driving on Wet Leaves)

Sunday 20th of September 2020
trees.  When those leaves get wet, you'd be surprised to learn just how slippery

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Clean Fuel ? Clean Performance for Calgary Drivers

Monday 13th of July 2020
  Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the vehicle engine.

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Clean Fuel ? Clean Performance for Calgary Drivers

Monday 29th of June 2020
  Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them. The fuel filter is located in the fuel line between the fuel tank and the vehicle engine.

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Get ready for summer!

Monday 29th of June 2020
Summer is coming. That means heat, more driving and road trips. It just makes sense to check your fluid levels and do a visual inspection to see that everythin

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The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for Calgary Drivers

Monday 15th of June 2020
  People in Calgary and Okotoks have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than the

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Fall and Spring Maintenance at Lube Town

Sunday 7th of June 2020
needed routine maintenance to prepare them for the changes in weather. Today's vehicles aren't quite as sensitive to seasonal change

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Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Sunday 7th of June 2020
  Modern vehicles in and around Calgary run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Calgary and Okotoks drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. Bu

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Direct Fuel Injection Update from Lube Town

Sunday 7th of June 2020
  For those of you in Calgary, Alberta who pay attention to these things, you may have been hearing about the new direct injection engines and want to learn more about them. Some deliver the power of a V8 with the economy of a V6.For example, in one family of engines the conventional V6 makes about 250 horsepower.

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Differential Service at Lube Town: Viva la Difference

Monday 18th of May 2020
oks residents don't have a clue what it is.The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example,

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Wishy-Washy in Calgary

Sunday 10th of May 2020
feeling when you try to turn on the windshield washers and no fluid comes out. Now you're blinded even more. What can y

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A New Battery in Calgary

Monday 27th of April 2020
  Hello Calgary & Okotoks drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Calgary

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Steer Right in Calgary

Monday 30th of March 2020
you when you turn your vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer.Now this power assist comes

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Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

Tuesday 24th of March 2020
If you're reading this article in Alberta, Okotoks, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Lube Town tells you the manufacturer reco

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STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT STEERING (Loose Steering)

Tuesday 24th of March 2020
Perhaps you've heard someone use the term "loose steering." And it's pretty much what it sounds like.  You turn the steering wheel and the vehicle's wheels don't seem to go exactly where you thought

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: Making a Battery Last Longer

Tuesday 24th of March 2020
One thing all Alberta drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Lube Town can help maintain your battery

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Coolant/Antifreeze Service in Alberta, Okotoks

Tuesday 24th of March 2020
Alberta auto owners may know that most automotive failures in Alberta, Okotoks, are tire related, but do you know the second most common cause of vehicle failure? Nope, it's not teenagers. It is the coolant system. But if you take good care of your vehicle coolant system, it will take good care of you.A vehicle's engine creates

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Pinch Petroleum Pennies! (Fuel Saving Tips)

Tuesday 18th of February 2020
If you saw a dollar bill on the ground, you'd pick it up, right? Well, whether you find that dollar on the ground or in savings at the gas pump, money is money, and here are some ways to hold on to more of it. Slowing down is the easiest way to save fuel, especially for every speed increase over 50 mph/80 k/hr.  Tone down the speed, turn up the cas

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A Squirrely Problem (Animals Nesting in Engine)

Monday 10th of February 2020
.  There are plenty of pictures online of people who've discovered there was more than an engine under the hood.  In one case, the driver of

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Cool Running in Alberta

Monday 3rd of February 2020
Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don't hear much any more about cars overheating. That's because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn't mean you can't overheat your vehicle engine, though. Without

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Power Steering Service at Lube Town in Alberta

Monday 27th of January 2020
Many Alberta drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the abi

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: Wiper Blade Options

Monday 20th of January 2020
Wiper blades are critically important to Alberta drivers for good driving visibility and safety. When it’s time to replace your wiper blades, there are a number of different wiper blade designs and grades. Alberta drivers should always

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Exhaust Service at Lube Town: Passing the Smell Test

Monday 13th of January 2020
The exhaust system on a vehicle is more complex than most Alberta residents realize. It contains everything from old-fashioned pipes and clamps to sophisticated computers and sensors. All Okotoks folks know a properly function

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Differential Service in Alberta, Okotoks - What You Need to Know

Thursday 2nd of January 2020
Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in Alberta, Okotoks, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-w

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The Edible Engine

Monday 23rd of December 2019
wn to gnaw on wires in engine compartments, causing vehicle electrical sy

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Wash Me, Wash Me Right (How to Wash a Vehicle)

Monday 16th of December 2019
, some of us are bound and determined to wash our own vehicles.  And to protect the paint and its luster,

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Ask Lube Town: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

Monday 2nd of December 2019
The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the a

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Make your Service Visit at Lube Town a Good One

Monday 4th of November 2019
t of out of it. There are some steps you can take that will likely help you get the best results possible. Fo

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Used Cars: Lube Town Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Monday 4th of November 2019
Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Alberta drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale i

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How to Know When to Change Your Oil at Lube Town

Monday 21st of October 2019
Today in the Lube Town auto care blog, we're going to talk to Alberta drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for Lube Town customers. For example, recently four of the wo

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Getting New Tires in Alberta?

Monday 30th of September 2019
There are so many tire choices in the Alberta area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most Alberta area folks so you want

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To Save Gas Around Alberta: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

Monday 16th of September 2019
  One topic that hits the news in Okotoks on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some Okotoks drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in Alberta who don't want to add a car

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Drive Train Service in Alberta at Lube Town

Monday 9th of September 2019
The drive train in your vehicle includes all the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-whe

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

Wednesday 4th of September 2019
There are several important factors that go into how often Alberta drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it

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The Lube Town Guide to Tire Specs

Tuesday 27th of August 2019
You know you need new tires, but you're not sure what type. You look at a tire to get the size: 225, 50, R, 16, 92, H. All the way to the Alberta service center you keep repeating it over and over. Yo

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The Lube Town Guide to Proper Fluids for Your Vehicle

Monday 19th of August 2019
The automotive professionals at Lube Town would like to give Alberta drivers an update on some of the things happening in automotive fluids. You know, vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every day.  Fluids such as, oil, coolant and transmission fluid are becoming more special

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Should Alberta Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

Monday 12th of August 2019
So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Lube Town tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the followin

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E-85 Fuel Safety Advice from Lube Town

Monday 5th of August 2019
  Today at Lube Town we want to talk with you about a very important safety issue. This automotive safety warning is coming from a very unusual source: fire fighting experts. You've probably heard of E-85 gasoline being o

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All About Your TPMS in Alberta

Monday 29th of July 2019
Alberta drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for Okotoks auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances ar

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Busting Automotive Myths in Alberta, Okotoks

Monday 22nd of July 2019
Myths passed around our Alberta, Okotoks community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedent

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Fuel Saving Tip: Alberta Tune Up

Monday 15th of July 2019
Have you ever gone to listen to an orchestra? The musicians take the stage early and tune their instruments. Each individual instrument must be in tune, but the critical thing is for the entire orchestra to be in tune with each other. That's why they

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Talk to Lube Town About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

Monday 8th of July 2019
Custom wheels are one way that Alberta folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including c

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Questions to Ask Your Alberta Service Advisor

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019
't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them

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10 Services Alberta Drivers Often Overlook

Monday 24th of June 2019
We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Alberta. Some days it's all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That's why you've gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps - we

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The Lube Town Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

Monday 17th of June 2019
The team at Lube Town in Alberta, and Okotoks car owners are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Alberta drivers want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.And we all know—or should know—th

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Cruisin' on Down Main Street

Monday 10th of June 2019
it worked.  Well, some of the time.  Now days, cruise control is all electr

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Can Your Car Last Another Year?

Monday 3rd of June 2019
Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Alberta car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Alberta, Okotoks, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineerin

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Alberta Exhaust and Emissions Service

Tuesday 28th of May 2019
Many Alberta residents don't realize that there is more to exhaust system maintenance than just tailpipes and mufflers, if you can see smoke or if it's too loud. Exhaust service at a full-service automotive center like Lube Town is really a lot more comprehensive these days.For example, in the U.S., th

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The Lube Town Guide to Custom Wheels

Tuesday 21st of May 2019
If you're interested in customizing the wheels and tires on your vehicle, there are a few things you should know first.Most importantly, the wheels you buy need to fit your vehicle. Not all wheels are created equal. Too many Alberta drivers have bought a set of

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Don't Stack the Mat

Monday 13th of May 2019
In the sloppy cold weather months, you might be tempted to pick up an all-weather mat and throw it on top of the mats you already have in your vehicle. After all, double protection is better, right? In this case, wrong. Here's why. It's important to keep the accelerator and brake pedals clear

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What's up with Diesels in Alberta?

Monday 6th of May 2019
Would you be surprised to learn that about half of the passenger cars in Europe have diesel engines? You might also be surprised to learn that most manufacturers produce a variety of diesel-fueled cars for purchase abroad.Diesel-fueled vehicles haven't been as popular in the North American markets like Okotoks. But that won't be true for long. North Americans ar

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Charge It in Alberta for Extended Battery Life

Monday 29th of April 2019
Here's an interesting statistic for our in Alberta, Okotoks, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot clim

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: Serpentine Belt System Wear

Monday 22nd of April 2019
The primary job of the serpentine belt for Alberta drivers is to provide important traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at optimal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spi

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Lube Town Advice on What to Pour into Your Vehicle

Tuesday 16th of April 2019
Changes in vehicle design and manufacture have resulted in changed fluid requirements for our vehicles. With the sophistication of engines, transmissions, differentials, etc., it's best for Alberta residents to always use the proper type of flui

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Sniffing Out a Problem

Monday 8th of April 2019
Your parents probably taught you to have common sense. When it comes to your vehicle, common scents can also come in handy. Different smells may tell you about some conditions in your vehicle that

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: Where Should New Tires Be Placed

Monday 1st of April 2019
When Alberta drivers need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control a

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Dashboard's a Funny Name (Instrumental Panel Warning Lights)

Monday 25th of March 2019
Every day you drive, you're sitting behind the dashboard. But how in the world did it get that name? Back in the days of the horse-drawn carriage, horses would kick up dirt and mud on the driver and

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Does My Choice in Oil Affect Change Intervals?

Monday 18th of March 2019
Oil changes are probably the most recognized service on a vehicle. Almost all Alberta residents know about them. But do we know enough?Several decades ago, oil changes were fairly standard: every three months

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Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in Alberta, Okotoks

Monday 11th of March 2019
If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around Alberta, Okotoks.Unless they drive a vintage car, Alberta auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner'

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Diesel Maintenance for Okotoks

Monday 25th of February 2019
At Lube Town we hear from a lot of people who are excited about the new diesel engines that will soon be available in passenger cars and SUV's. But our Okotoks friends are often curious about the preventive maintenance requirements. People may not know that diesel engines have long be

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Lube Town and the Maintenance Mindset

Tuesday 19th of February 2019
When it comes to their vehicles, some Alberta residents don't have a maintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Alberta drivers generally acc

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Service Center Standard and Procedures

Tuesday 12th of February 2019
y do this simply because a checklist is a great way to not forg

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Breathe Deep in Alberta With a New Cabin Air Filter

Monday 4th of February 2019
Poor interior air quality is nothing to sneeze at, and Alberta auto owners might be interested to know that more and more new cars are coming equipped with a cabin air filter. Check your vehicle owner's manual, but they typically need to be replaced at around 12,000 to 15,000 miles (19,000 to 24,000 kilometers).The

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Lube Town Fuel Saving Tip for Alberta: Check Engine Light

Monday 28th of January 2019
Here's a question for Alberta, Okotoks : How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light? Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Many conditions that trigger the Check Engine light can h

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Fuel Injection Basics for Alberta

Monday 21st of January 2019
All modern Alberta vehicles come with fuel injection systems, so it's a topic Alberta drivers need to know something about. The mighty fuel injector is a valve that delivers the gas or diesel fuel to the right place, in the right amount at the right time—to be mi

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Stay Headed in the Right Direction, Alberta

Tuesday 15th of January 2019
Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in Alberta, Okotoks, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt po

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Serpentine Belt Service at Lube Town in Alberta

Wednesday 2nd of January 2019
If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and als

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Go Big or Go Home: Upsize Your Wheels at Lube Town

Sunday 30th of December 2018
A lot of us Alberta drivers like our vehicles to reflect our personalities. We're picky about color and body style. We'll customize anything from floor mats to window tints to license plates. One popular way for Okoto

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in Alberta

Thursday 27th of December 2018
There's a segment of the Alberta area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and w

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Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

Monday 10th of December 2018
In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern vehicles are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free."Any good myth has so

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Upsizing Wheels and Tires With Lube Town

Monday 3rd of December 2018
Many Alberta drivers want to accessorize their vehicle - you know, make it theirs. One of the easiest ways to get a custom look is to get some new wheels. There are thousands of wheel designs at Alberta area tire shops to ge

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Time for Differential Service at Lube Town?

Monday 26th of November 2018
Hello Alberta - let's talk differentials. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential is on the back axle. With front-wheel drive cars, the differential is up front. All

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Hey Alberta Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

Monday 19th of November 2018
? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in Alberta and aro

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: Tire Replacement Overview

Tuesday 13th of November 2018
Tires are an expensive purchase, so knowing when tires should be replaced is important for Alberta drivers. Tires will just wear out with normal use. The depth of the tread on your tire determines how well it will stop, start and steer – especiall

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The Lube Town Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

Monday 5th of November 2018
Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of Alberta drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in Alberta. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down

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It Pays to Take Care of Your Transmission at Lube Town

Monday 29th of October 2018
If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Alberta. At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in t

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: Wiper Blades ? Signs of Wear

Tuesday 23rd of October 2018
90% of our driving decisions are based on vision. Anything that impedes your vision can affect your driving safety – including a dirty windshield. In that sense, your wiper blades are an

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Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In Alberta

Monday 15th of October 2018
Every Alberta car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when t

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Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your Alberta Vehicle

Tuesday 9th of October 2018
If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the Alberta area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't

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Higher Mileage Service Intervals for Alberta

Monday 1st of October 2018
Alberta drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the Alberta area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are

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Arrive Alive in Alberta

Monday 24th of September 2018
le talking on their phones, texting or drinking from an enormous coffee m

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Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Monday 17th of September 2018
Like everything in the Okotoks automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. Okotoks drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Alberta roads, enabling you to see farther. They a

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Positive Crankcase Ventilation ? PCV Valve Service at Lube Town

Monday 10th of September 2018
Hello Alberta! Did you know that the first federally-mandated emissions control device was introduced in the 1960's? The Positive Crankcase Ventilation valve, or PCV valve, has been installed in Okotoks vehicles since 1964 and represents the first legislation by the United States government to regulate harmful emissions as well as to improve performance in the country's vehicles.The PCV valve, as you can probably guess, is located on the crankcase. The crankcase is the lowest part of a vehicle's engine. It houses the c

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Buying the Right Tires and Wheels in Alberta, Okotoks

Tuesday 4th of September 2018
Everyone in Alberta, Okotoks eventually replaces their tires, whether it's because they're worn out or they're just looking for something different. There are so many great tire choices in Alberta, it can be difficult to sort them out. Let's group the broad spectrum into several categories

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The Right Automotive Fluids for Alberta Drivers

Monday 27th of August 2018
All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Alberta drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehic

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The Lube Town Basic Guide To Synthetic Oil

Monday 13th of August 2018
Synthetic motor oil has been around for a long time, and more and more new vehicles are leaving factories with synthetic in their engines. But a lot of drivers don't really know much about it.Let's start with conventional oil – the kind folks are used to. Conventional oil is ma

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Get Where You're Going with Power Steering Service in Alberta

Monday 6th of August 2018
Today we're going to talk about power steering service in Alberta. If you took an informal poll around Alberta you'd probably find that most vehicle owners have never heard of power steering service. That's n

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Alberta Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Monday 30th of July 2018
Since driving requirements and lifestyles differ among Alberta drivers, your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. Which schedule should Alberta drivers follow? Here are some questions to ask yourself:Are most of your trips less than four miles/six kilome

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Finding Vehicle Recall Information in Alberta, Okotoks

Tuesday 24th of July 2018
No matter how well they're made, vehicles in Alberta, Okotoks, will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people in Alberta, Okotoks, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall no

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

Monday 16th of July 2018
The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Lube Town we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together.

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Shake It up in Alberta!: Why Wheel Balancing

Tuesday 3rd of July 2018
Our vehicles are not massage chairs. While we may enjoy a good vibration in an overstuffed recliner, we generally want as smooth a ride as possible in our vehicles. One way to ac

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Power Steering Service in Alberta

Tuesday 26th of June 2018
Most Alberta drivers are too young to remember life before power steering - cranking those great big steering wheels! It was a pretty good workout. Now power steering is standard. Let's look at how it works. The heart of any power steering system is its pump. The pump pressurizes the powe

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Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Alberta

Monday 18th of June 2018
Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off

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Cabin Air Filter From Lube Town

Tuesday 12th of June 2018
Here is a questions for Alberta drivers: What is a cabin air filter?Is it: A filter for a house in the middle of the woods? A fresh, piney scent? A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's 3.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment. It filters out dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pol

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Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Monday 4th of June 2018
Some of us Alberta drivers just love tires. All those little rubber hairs on new tires and the smell is wonderful. We live in a great time for tires. No matter how you drive around Okot

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Emergency Items for Alberta

Tuesday 29th of May 2018
do to prepare for emergencies on the road. Here's some auto advice that can help you plan fo

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Differential Service at Lube Town

Monday 14th of May 2018
Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in Alberta, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Lube Town service advisor t

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Lube Town Radiator Service

Monday 7th of May 2018
The coolant system is a vital part of your vehicle. It is also the second most common cause for vehicle failures. Even though coolant system failure is fairly common in Alberta, it is easy to p

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Ethics of Automotive Repair in Alberta

Monday 30th of April 2018
We're going to be talking about the ethics of automotive repair. It seems like news outlets really like hit-and-run reporting; they hit everyone from groceries stores to retail to physicians. And the Albert

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Tuesday 24th of April 2018
Repair or Replace? That’s a question Alberta drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too l

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Alberta Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

Thursday 19th of April 2018
Any Alberta driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Alberta residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks o

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Improve Fuel Economy with Proper Maintenance at Lube Town in Alberta

Monday 9th of April 2018
With Alberta gas prices being what they are, many of us in Okotoks are driving less and looking into purchasing smaller or more efficient vehicles. Alberta area residents who have to drive a lot, have large families or need four-wheel drive are particularly hard hit by the cost of fuel in

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Let Lube Town Help You Keep Your Vehicle Another Couple of Years

Wednesday 4th of April 2018
Alberta area residents may remember when the U.S. government's “Cash for Clunkers” program made a splash on the news scene. People were offered incentives to trade in old vehicles for n

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Save Fuel by Watching Your Weight

Monday 26th of March 2018
Most Alberta drivers are all talking right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. Okotoks folks want to save the environment and our pocketbooks.And we Alberta drivers all know — or sh

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Professional Fuel System Cleaning

Tuesday 20th of March 2018
Getting adequate fuel to your engine is very important for performance, fuel economy and safety. In order to accomplish this, your fuel system needs to be clean.Today's production cars have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. The in

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Clean Fuel Equals Clean Performance for Alberta Drivers

Monday 12th of March 2018
Hello, Alberta residents. Let's talk fuel filters. Fuel filters clean the dirt, dust and debris out of your fuel. Both gasoline and diesel-powered engines have them

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Will Proper Auto Maintenance at Lube Town Really Save Gas?

Tuesday 6th of March 2018
Have you ever thought about all the little things we do to keep our lives running smoothly - like vacuuming? It makes a room feel fresher and more comfortable. We may not consider that we're also prolonging the life of the carpet by keeping it clean. But Alberta drivers don't always extend those good

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Gear Up: Transmission Service at Lube Town in Alberta

Tuesday 27th of February 2018
The transmission system in your vehicle allows you to change gears. Lower gears are power gears. They get your vehicle moving and get it up hills. Higher gears get the vehicle up to speed and get it rolling fa

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Clean Air for Your Engine: A New Engine Air Filter at Lube Town

Tuesday 20th of February 2018
All of us in Alberta know we have to get the oil changed in our vehicles periodically. That's just part of good vehicle care. But when Lube Town technicians change your oil, they also usually inspect your air filter. That's w

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PCV Valve: What Is It?

Monday 5th of February 2018
Most Alberta drivers know something about preventive maintenance on a vehicle. We know we should routinely replace the oil and wiper blades and other fluids. But have you heard of a PCV valve ? This little car part needs

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Lube Town: Good Service and Good Fuel Economy

Tuesday 30th of January 2018
Most Alberta auto owners want to save on gas and seek our advice on improving economy. At Lube Town, we are frequently asked, however, if it is really worth the extra effort. Just how much money can Alberta drivers actually sav

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Odometer Rollback on Your Alberta, Okotoks Vehicle

Monday 22nd of January 2018
oks consumers against mileage fraud. It says a Okotoks seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in Alberta, Okotoks, stop by L

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TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your Alberta Vehicle

Monday 15th of January 2018
Alberta drivers may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Okotoks come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around the Alberta area have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – cons

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Winter Tires

Monday 8th of January 2018
What type of technology do you use? Do you prefer an 8-track tape or an iPod? When it comes to winter tires, much of Alberta driver's perception dates back to when 8-track was the best way to listen to the Bee Gees.Twenty years ago in Okotoks, winter tires differed from highway tires only in their tread design. Okotoks drivers called them snow tires back

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Lube Town On Your Serpentine Belt

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018
  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our Alberta, Okotoks, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes el

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Tire Replacement: What Alberta Drivers Need to Know

Monday 11th of December 2017
Looking at getting some new tires? Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there's nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you've got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have s

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Transmission Care in Alberta, Okotoks

Monday 4th of December 2017
Do you have any plans around Alberta, Okotoks, for the weekend? Maybe you and some friends are taking the boat up to the lake. Maybe you'll be having a lot of fun water skiing and doing a little fishing.You got the boat all ready. It's all gassed up. You packed lots o

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Your Well Trained Technician at Lube Town

Monday 4th of December 2017
When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in Alberta, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right

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Nighttime Visibility in Alberta

Monday 4th of December 2017
There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the Alberta area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility…It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based

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Tire Maintenance in Alberta

Monday 13th of November 2017
With the recent focus in the Alberta area on improving fuel economy, we've been told how important it is to maintain our tire pressure.Alberta drivers know that tires wear out, but we want to make them last as long as possible because they're not cheap to replace. In addition

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Water Pump

Tuesday 7th of November 2017
Your cooling system is very important. It circulates coolant through the radiator and your engine to protect your vehicle from overheating. There are five main components to the c

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Drive Train - What You Need to Know in Alberta

Monday 30th of October 2017
One Alberta automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Alberta, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a sma

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Easy Miles ? Do Alberta Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

Monday 16th of October 2017
Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) in 75°F (24°C) weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are adding stress to your engine. Change them significantly and you are driving under severe condi

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Fresh Air Inside Your Car in Alberta

Tuesday 10th of October 2017
Air quality has certainly become a hot issue in our modern world. We install air filters on our ventilation systems and in our vacuum cleaners. There's a filter that cleans the air going into our vehicle's e

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Deciphering the Lube Town Menu Board

Wednesday 4th of October 2017
Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Alberta, Okotoks, service centers like Lube Town have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what t

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Fuel Saving Tip: Tire Pressure Saves Fuel in Alberta

Saturday 30th of September 2017
Underinflated tires waste gas for lots of folks in the Alberta area. Think how hard it is to walk in sand – you just have to work harder because of the resistance. When your tires don't have enough air in the

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How Your Check Engine Light Works

Saturday 30th of September 2017
Have you ever had an experience like this in Alberta, Okotoks? You drive through the one of those automatic car washes. When you get to the end, where the dryer is blowing, your Check Engine light starts flashing!You fear the worst, but within a block or two, t

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Okotoks: What Is the Risk of High Oil Change Intervals?

Saturday 30th of September 2017
Okotoks residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer betwe

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Alberta Drivers: Is It Time to Replace Your PCV Valve?

Wednesday 30th of August 2017
The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine. When you are diving around Alberta, fuel is burned in your vehicle engine,

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Automotive Tips from Lube Town: Serpentine Belt Overview

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017
The technicians at Lube Town know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and th

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PCV Valve Service at Lube Town in Alberta

Wednesday 16th of August 2017
Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. Unburnt fuel is forced into the crankcase as your engine runs.  The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve vents this unburnt fuel and o

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Change Your Engine Air Filter at Lube Town

Wednesday 2nd of August 2017
Many Alberta car owners have probably wondered: "What's the harm in putting off replacing an engine air filter? The answer is that not replacing it could cause your Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor to fail. This expensive sensor is situated between your engine air filter and your engine. Dirty air filters are a leading cause of mass air flow sen

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Coolant/Antifreeze Service at Lube Town

Monday 17th of July 2017
Anyone who drives a car in Alberta knows that engines get hot when they run. But did you know that engines need to be cooled to keep running? Heat inside an engine can cause the metal parts to expand, which can seize

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Alberta Customer Detective Work

Monday 17th of July 2017
Cars are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So, it's challenging to trac

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Recommended Service Intervals at Lube Town

Tuesday 4th of July 2017
Most people in the Alberta area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and compone

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Helping Alberta Drivers Get the Right Tires

Tuesday 4th of July 2017
Every Alberta vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so it's a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in. Summer tires are designed for hot tempe

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Engine Air Filter from Lube Town

Tuesday 20th of June 2017
Many Alberta drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service advisor at Lube Town recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don't know what an air filter is or what it does.If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by

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The Lube Town Guide to Saving Fuel: Get Rid of Dirty Oil

Monday 12th of June 2017
A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? Alberta area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives. Preventive Maintenance Preventive maintenance is an important way people in Alberta can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of t

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Defensive Driving in Alberta, Okotoks

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local Okotoks highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need

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A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Alberta

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Alberta drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of c

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How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Alberta

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Alberta can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes lo

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Fuel System Cleaning the Professional Way at Lube Town

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
Your fuel system needs to be clean to do its job properly. When it gets dirty, the results are lower engine performance, reduced fuel economy and impaired safety. It can even lead to costly repair bil

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Budget for Maintenance in Alberta

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
Sometimes busy Alberta residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Okotoks in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and q

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Below 45 Degrees in Alberta: Consider Winter Tires

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and Alberta drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all

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Wipe Out! New Wiper Blades for Alberta Drivers

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
When people in Alberta talk about vehicle safety, they think of tires and brakes. But do we think about our windshields? Isn't the ability to see a prime safety factor when it comes to driving around Okotoks? Yet we often d

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Alberta, Okotoks Winter Prep Service for Your Auto

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
When winter approaches in Okotoks, Alberta residents break out the sweaters, coats, boots and mittens. We want to be ready for Okotoks winter conditions. Your vehicle needs to be ready for winter as well. The last thing Alberta residents want i

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New Life for Your Older Car in Alberta

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
Isn't it amazing how much of our stuff is disposable these days? Clothes, electronics, housewares, furniture.Remember the days when Alberta families mended their clothes, polished their shoes and neatly put away their toys every night? If something wa

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How Do You Save Gas in Alberta, Okotoks?

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
No one in Alberta, Okotoks, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising Okotoks fuel prices, however, have spurred Alberta drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally dr

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Keeping Your Car Young in Alberta

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
As Alberta consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away.New stuff comes out so fast in Okotoks, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and

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Lube Town Engine Air Filter Replacement

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
When your experienced Lube Town technician changes your oil, he will also inspect your air filter. You shouldn't need a new air filter at every oil change, but you will need to change it regularly. Heed your technician's auto advice if the

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Why People in Alberta Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

Wednesday 7th of June 2017
A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our Alberta, Okotoks, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected it

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